Re: [RML] Off topic: monkfish

Jennifer Palmer (aquamail at mypostbox.com)
Tue, 16 Feb 1999 11:29:13 +1100

The anglerfish is named for the way in which it angles to capture it's
prey. The first 2 or 3 rays of the dorsal fin are separated from the rest
of the fin, and are positioned on top of the head. One of these is used as
a lure to attract prey. It is usually a bony rod with a fleshy bate at the
tip. It is fully movable at the base. This allows the anglerfish to remain
stationary, and attract the prey directly to it's mouth; which incidently
is huge, allowing them to swallow fish almost as large as themselves. In
fact, the quick actions of them opening their jaws, and sucking in their
prey is one of the fastest movements known in animals.